Pole dancing is a beautifully progressive form of exercise, with many moves that absolute beginners can master quickly, right up to demanding poses that challenge even experienced dancers. While pole dancing can be sexy, it is mostly impressive. The following are my guidelines for utilizing this money making potential art form. During the week I only use pole tricks when the room is not busy and you need to get attention. It is a great way to demonstrate a great attitude when people are shy and don’t want to sit at your rack. However, if you have a full rack, use the pole very little and focus on the customers. Weekends are different. The demographics have changed, the house is packed and you need to have high energy. You can achieve this without lots of pole tricks but they help. Friday and Saturday are good nights to pull out your best pole trick routines.
P.S. Don’t forget to smile while your doing your tricks. You’ll look silly and not sexy with your face contorted with concentration. lol
- Claim your pole. More and more gyms are offering pole dancing classes as a creative way to get fit. Call yours to see if they offer one (and, if they don’t, ask them to). You can also find out if fitness center chains that are known to offer pole dancing classes are in your area. Many independent teachers offer pole dancing classes in local gyms and halls too, so it’s worth checking to see if anyone offers lessons near you. If you can’t find anyone that’ll teach you this challenging activity, then you can even buy a pole to install at home (see Tips).
- Wear comfortable clothes which expose your arms and legs. Sexiness is optional. Baring your skin will allow you to get a much better grip on the pole with your arms and legs so that you can perform these moves safely.
- Grab the pole. Start at the back of the pole, with your inside foot close to the base. Use your strong hand (this will be your right hand, if you are right handed, or your left, if you are left handed) to grab the pole at about head height. Allow your arm to straighten, so your weight is hanging away from the pole.
- Step around. Keeping your outside leg straight, swing it out to the side and step all the way around the pole, pivoting on your inside foot at the same time. Allow your knee to bend slightly as you turn.
- Hook with your leg. Place your outside foot down just behind the other foot. Transfer your weight to the back foot and hook your inside leg around the front of the pole, getting a good grip right behind the knee.
- Arch your body. To finish off, arch your body backwards, lowering your hand to allow for a deeper arch. This is where flexibility comes in. Arch your back only as far as you feel comfortable and make sure that you have a good grip with your leg and your hand.
- Straighten up and swing your leg down from the pole, ready to step into the next move.
- Give yourself lots of space and ensure that there is nothing (or nobody) obstructing your movement.
- Always warm up, stretch and cool down properly when you are pole dancing.
- Check with a doctor that you are fit and healthy enough to start this physically demanding exercise.
- Wear shoes that fit securely on your feet. You don’t want a shoe to come flying off and hitting someone. (Yes, there actually is a lawsuit pending right now in WA for that very thing! *smacks forehead with hand*)
- Spray hairspray on your hands & thighs for added grip.
- Do not attempt pole dancing with “toy” poles that are for posing only. They are not built to actually hold your weight and any attempt to dance on them may result in severe injury.
- Never pole dance wearing oils or lotions as these make the pole slippery and hazardous. You may need to wipe down the pole before you start to remove any grease and give you maximum grip.
- If any part of your body hurts due to swinging around or lifting your body, stop doing the ‘trick’ that is causing the pain and have it checked by a doctor! Having a dislocated shoulder or rib is not worth the extra dollars you might make.
VideoJug -- Original source of this article. Shared with permission. Edited and additional commentary by Perelandra
The following are a few videos that I found to be informative and neat. =)
Pole Trick Moves Instructional Videos
Classic Beginner Pole Routines
Artistic Advanced Pole Routines